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1966 (USA) See more »
Four boys living the excitement every boy dreams about in the most fantastic adventure of any age!
For Czech version: Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Vladimír Bejval ... Jirka / Jo-Jo
Petr Herrman ... Toník / Tony
Zdenek Hustak ... Jenda / Ben
Josef Lukás ... Petr / Doc
James Lucas ... Doc (US version) (as James Lukas)
Victor Betral ... Joe / Jo-Jo (US version)
Charles Goldsmith ... Ben (US version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Mark Joels ... Doc (voice)

Directed by
Karel Zeman 
Fred Ladd (new scenes in reissue)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Cayton  USA version
J.A. Novotný 
Karel Zeman 

Produced by
William Cayton .... producer
Original Music by
E.F. Burian 
Frantisek Strangmüller 
Cinematography by
Antonín Horák 
Václav Pazdernik 
Film Editing by
Zdenek Stehlík 
Production Design by
Ivo Mrdzek 
Zdenek Rozkopal 
Karel Zeman 
Special Effects by
Arnost Kupcik .... special effects
Jindrich Liska .... special effects
Karel Zeman .... special effects
Editorial Department
Olivier Veinat .... color timer
Music Department
Filmový Symfonický Orchestr .... orchestra
Milivoj Uzelac .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"Cesta do praveku" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
"Journey to Prehistory" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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93 min | East Germany:80 min | USA:83 min | Czechoslovakia:81 min
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Some of the prehistoric animal reconstructions have been modeled after the artwork of renowned Czech painter Zdenek Burian. This is perhaps most apparent on the "Brontosaurus", which is standing in almost the exact same pose as in Burian's famous piece and has the exact same detailing on its body.See more »
Continuity: Jo Jo retrieves the diary and stows it on his chest under his shirt, thereby soaking his shirt. As he's then returning to the other three boys, his shirt is dry.See more »
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A feast for stop-motion animation fans!, 2 March 2002
Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA

Originally filmed in Czechoslovakia in 1954, the American Museum of Natural History filmed new scenes in 1967 for this remarkable study of prehistoric life which uses high-quality stop motion animation.

The story goes like this: a group of young boys rent a boat at an inner-city park and enter a small cave at the edge of the lake. When they come out the other side of the cave they find themselves on a river in an uninhabited area. As they float down the river each day, they travel progressively further back into the past, encountering wooly mammoths, prehistoric rhinoceros, and numerous dinosaurs -- all of which are extremely well animated, photographed, and matted. Written and directed by Karl Zeman, who gave us the unique film `The Fabulous World of Jules Verne' (release in 1958).

During the 1960s, `Journey to the Beginning of Time' was shown in serialized form on television in some areas (Atlanta, for one), amazing animation fans like me with this unexpected treat. For about two weeks I would stumble out of bed, fix breakfast, and then choke on it while I watched each morning's episode of this remarkable little gem.

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